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I grew up near the New Jersey shore. Now I live in India. I teach Bhakti Yoga, and I teach and perform kirtan (singing meditation), which is a lot of fun, and very relaxing
I like to travel, meet new people, organize and attend community events and festivals, participate in kirtan, do japa meditation, and do Bhakti Yoga
I'm a vegetarian
At the moment I'm away from India, traveling in the West
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
It helps build community and human connections in a safe and positive way, which is so much needed in the world today, and which is so much needed in our personal lives. The human need for connection is great, and Couchsurfing facilitates this process of connecting in a very unique and effective way
Traveling, meeting new people, kirtan, japa meditation, listening to music, reading, researching, organizing and attending community events and festivals, building community, listening, teaching, Amma, The Secret, Bhakti Yoga
Music, Movies, and Books
MUSIC: Kate Rusby, Alison Krauss, Emmy Lou Harris, Tracy Chapman, Mary Black, Ingrid Michaelson, Natalie Merchant, Eliza Gilkyson
BOOKS: The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne
MOVIES: Desperately Seeking Susan, Maid in Manhattan, Bread and Tulips, Dan in Real Life, 27 Dresses, Sydney White, What A Girl Wants, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Erin Brockovich, Across The Universe
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
A road trip around the US, during which I experienced many beautiful communities of people, made many new friends, saw and reconnected with many old friends, attended many amazing festivals, saw a lot of really beautiful scenery, and enjoyed the experience of being on the road and on the move. An amazing experience
Teach, Learn, Share
"Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have traveled" -- Mohammed
"Always be where you want to be"
"Not all those who wander are lost" -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"Traveling and meeting new people is the ultimate gift"
"The function of freedom is to free someone else" -- Toni Morrison
"Never go on trips with anyone you don't love -- Ernest Hemingway
"Do what you love. When you stop being in love with it, reconsider"
"You must do the thing that you think you cannot do" -- Eleanor Roosevelt
"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive"
"If you work really hard and you are kind, amazing things will happen to you" -- Conan O'Brian
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality, to change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete" -- Buckminster Fuller
"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have Love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have Love, I gain nothing.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
"Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
"And now these three remain: Faith, Hope and Love. But the greatest of these is Love."
What I Can Share with Hosts
Once I was a guest at a CS host's home - this particular home was like "CS Central." They had put on their CS page that "There may be several other guests here at the same time as you, with late hours, so you should be Ok with that." And, it was like that. First I just met and chatted with some of the guests in the common room. After a while I sensed the hosts were off somewhere more private. I found them, and they welcomed me into their small group conversation they were having with just a few guests, away from the crowd, in one room. We talked some, and then my host turned to me and said, "Hey, don't you do kirtan? On your CS page, you mentioned that. Why don't we do some?" So, the small private group of us, maybe 5 or 6, later joined by a few more, started doing kirtan - call and response singing meditation - standing in a circle holding hands - for around 2 hours, from maybe midnight to 2 am or so. They liked it a lot. It was a nice experience.
Aside from that, I'm a good listener, I love people and listening to them and hearing their story. On one occasion I was a guest at a CS host's home who had just recently gone through a difficult experience, and really needed someone to talk to, and as I came at just that time, they opened up and shared a lot about what they were going through. I listened and asked questions, trying not to judge them and trying not to offer solutions or fix them, just trying to listen, be supportive, empathetic, understanding, and to affirm them, their being, and their worth.
On many occasions as a guest in a CS host's home myself and the host have gone out for walks together in nature, or in the city.
On several occasions when I was a guest at a CS host's home in a city that I had been to before, and thus I knew parts of the city from previous visits, I took my hosts and showed them parts of the city they never knew of!
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, France, Hong Kong, Thailand
Countries I’ve Lived In
India, Peru, United Kingdom, United States